Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB), a new landmark at the heart of the Gulf, celebrates its inaugural year with a strong list of accomplishments that have firmly recognised the Kingdom of Bahrain as a preferred destination for business events in the region. The Middle East’s newest and largest convention and exhibition centre is leading the way for the exceptional growth of Bahrain at multiple levels, mainly in tourism, hospitality, trade, industry, services, and more, boosting the Kingdom’s economy, growth and prosperity.
Sitting within 309,000 square metres of spacious area and ultramodern facilities, Exhibition World Bahrain boasts an extensive 149,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor leasable space, encompassing a total of ten versatile exhibition halls of varying ceiling heights ranging from ten, twelve and 14 metres, and with a total area of 95,000 square metres, all of which are equipped with essential technical services, meeting rooms and storage spaces, as well as independent exits and entrances.
The Convention Centre at Exhibition World Bahrain comprises a Grand Hall that offers flexibility in design with multiple configurations to incorporate and customise every type of event, from large weddings or graduations, up to theatrical performances, gala celebrations, and full-scale conferences. It features retractable seating with rows of multiple tiers for up to 4,000 guests capacity, 19 translation booths, cutting-edge audio-visual services, three dedicated bridal suites, five artist rooms and VIP Majlises.
To date, Exhibition World Bahrain has hosted 158 events and welcomed over half a million visitors to a wide tange of events, and has a full agenda of local, regional, and international events scheduled for next year.
Bahrain capital Manama was named the Capital of Gulf tourism for 2024, earning this prestigious designation due to its contributions to elevating the Gulf tourism sector and Bahrain’s efforts to promote collaborative endeavours within the Gulf tourism industry. This Gulf Cooperation Council consensus will enhance Bahrain’s tourism appeal across all sectors and draw a broader business events audience.
Due to Exhibition World Bahrain’s potential, the Kingdom of Bahrain has re-entered the top 100 in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Global Rankings for the first time in five years, claiming the 89th position for international events held in 2022 at EWB, which is the highest ranking for Bahrain in the last decade.
Additionally, EWB and the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority were declared winners of the Eventseum Hall of Fame’s 2021 Global Innovation Award for Convention and Conference Centres in two separate categories: new construction, and sole winner for the EMEA region during the Imex 2022 exhibition.
Exhibition World Bahrain has also been nominated for the World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023 award by the annual World Travel Awards. Recognised globally as the hallmark of industry excellence, the World Travel Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry.
Redefining the convention and exhibition industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region, the EWB team says it is working to leave lasting legacies, and set new business events standards and innovative services, together with strategic partners, public and private entities, and event planners, to deliver the utmost business events experience.